Then visit Cave and Basin National Historic Site and learn about the origin and development of Canada's outstanding national parks and historic sites. The warm waters issuing from Sulphur Mountain were known to aboriginal peoples. These hot springs later became the centrepiece of Canada's first national park (and the world's third.) We will also stroll down to the warm marshes below the springs, easily accessible along a boardwalk, to see the introduced tropical fish and warm-water plants found there. Bring your binoculars!Lunch: At a local restaurant.Afternoon: Take an excursion up Sulphur Mountain in a four-passenger, glass-enclosed gondola (weather permitting). This activity will reinforce what you have learned during this morning's presentation. Along the way, you will have a 360-degree view of the breathtaking beauty of the Rockies. Bring your camera along, you will be amazed at the view from the top!Dinner: On your own to explore local fare or join the Group Leader at a local restaurant.Evening: Explore Banff on your own, remain with the Group Leader or relax at your hotel or the Hot Springs.Lodging: High Country InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Travel in a specially designed Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier, on a 3 mile/5 km round trip journey. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out interesting geological features as you travel in safety and comfort. At the mid-point, you will have the option of stepping out onto ice formed from snow falling as long as 200 years ago.Lunch: Boxed lunch en route.Afternoon: Arrive in Jasper late afternoon; check into the hotel and freshen up before dinner.
Jasper lies in the center of Jasper National Park, deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, and it is known around the world for its rugged beauty. It is also a renowned, world-class resort town that has many attractions, yet it retains its small-town feel. Its distance from large urban centers and its relatively intact ecology give you a real sense of the early days in the Rockies.Dinner: At the hotel.Evening: This evening is free to rest after a long day of travelling.Lodging: The Chateau JasperMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Please be aware that arrival time in Quesnel could vary depending on rail traffic or weather conditions. Rocky Mountaineer staff will do their best to keep you informed of your estimated time of arrival.
Dinner: On your own in Quesnel.Lodging: Sandman Hotel QuesnelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Please be aware that arrival time in Whistler could vary depending on rail traffic or weather conditions, which could make for a long day of travelling. Rocky Mountaineer staff will do their best to keep you informed of your estimated time of arrival.
Dinner: At the hotel.Lodging: Listel Whistler HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Canada's largest teaching museum is located in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea, and its collections, exhibitions and programs are renowned for providing insight into the cultures of indigenous peoples around the world. You will be guided by docents who are students of anthropology at the University of British Columbia.
Dinner: On your own to explore the wide array of dining options in Vancouver; or join the Group Leader at a local restaurant.Evening: Free evening to explore Vancouver on your own, join the Group Leader or relax at your hotel.Lodging: Best Western Sands by the SeaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.
Meals Included: Breakfast